Taluk panchayat members protest against curtailment of powers
Transfer of powers to legislators termed undemocratic
SHIMOGA: Members of the Shimoga Taluk Panchayat "locked" their office here on Monday as part of a State-wide protest against curtailment of their powers and transferring them to legislators.
The members staged a demonstration outside the office after locking the main gate.
They raised slogans against the Government's decision to curtail their powers.
Terming the Government's decision to transfer some of their powers to legislators as undemocratic and against principles of decentralisation at the grassroots level, they said it was an affront to the members of the taluk panchayats who were the elected representatives enjoying the confidence of the people in their areas.
The locking of the taluk panchayat offices call by the State Federation of the Presidents and Vice Presidents of the Taluk Panchayats in protest against the manner in which the powers given to taluk panchayats, particularly in the implementation of the minor irrigation projects, road works and housing schemes apart from identifying the beneficiaries of several welfare schemes, were taken away from them and transferred to legislators.
According to vice-president of the federation S.H. Shanmukhappa, the average revenue generated by the taluk panchayats from stamp duty had come down from Rs. 45 lakh to Rs. 2 lakh while they were denied the financial benefit for the implementation of the SGRY scheme.
He said that the protest against undermining of the taluk panchayats would be intensified unless the Government restored the powers taken away from them.